Three Helpful Tips to Lessen Swelling After a Tummy Tuck

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Body contouring procedures allow men and women to achieve a slimmer, more toned appearance around the middle. Though some swelling is common after tummy tuck surgery in Las Vegas, NV, there are several ways to ensure proper healing and make yourself feel as comfortable as possible.

Below, Dr. Terrence "Terry" Higgins and Dr. Andrew G. Silver offer three tips for managing swelling during tummy tuck recovery. Call Plastic Surgery Vegas to book an appointment and see why people turn to our team of experts for their aesthetic needs. We are proud to provide personalized, quality care.

1. Keep incisions clean and dry

Tummy tuck surgery involves making an incision in the lower abdomen above the pubic area. This allows our surgeons to remove skin folds while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. Liposuction may also address small but stubborn fat deposits in the stomach. Incisions may be small or large, depending on your body type and the extent of the procedure.

Some swelling may occur around the incision site. To prevent complications like infection and promote natural healing, it's important to keep the area clean and dry throughout body contouring recovery. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Avoid soaking your abdomen in water: Take lukewarm showers instead of baths, and do not submerge the incisions in a pool or hot tub.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing: Choose comfortable cotton garments that don't rub against your skin.
  • Only use products recommended by your surgeon: Ask our team which cleansers and moisturizers are safe to use around the incisions.

2. Sleep with your head elevated

Your body needs plenty of rest during tummy tuck recovery. However, some sleeping positions may increase pain and swelling around the midsection. Dr. Higgins and Dr. Silver recommend sleeping with your head elevated on two or more pillows. This allows fluids to drain away from your abdomen and makes it easier to get comfortable. Avoid sleeping on your stomach for several weeks or until you have been cleared by our staff.

Patients in Las Vegas, NV find it helpful to rest in a recliner chair while watching television or reading a book. This position is more elevated than lying flat on your back and can be adjusted as needed.

3. Use a cool compress

A cool compress applied over the treatment areas can reduce swelling and inflammation. Be sure to wrap an ice pack in a soft, clean cloth before placing it over your skin. Apply for 10 – 15 minutes at a time, several times throughout the day. You may also find it helpful to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication for extra relief after tummy tuck surgery.

A compress should never cause any pain. If you experience stinging or burning sensations, remove the ice pack right away and contact our office for advice. We're always available to answer questions and can help you have safe and successful results.

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We understand that recovery from any body contouring procedure can be daunting. Dr. Terrence "Terry" Higgins and Dr. Andrew G. Silver are dedicated to helping patients have a positive experience through personalized care and support. Contact Plastic Surgery Vegas to schedule a tummy tuck consultation in Las Vegas, NV. Tummy tuck recovery can be manageable with the right care and guidance.

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